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La nuit sur l'étang getting traditional in its 44th year

Celebrating Canada's 150th birthday with food, music and dance
Pierre Paul Mongeon, general director for La nuit sur l'étang, announces the new partnership with the Centre franco-ontarien de folklore for the 44th annual event. Photo by Arron Pickard.

A partnership between Les Concerts La Nuit sur l'étang and the Centre franco-ontarien de folklore will bring the 44th edition of the event back to its traditional roots.

“It's going to be a traditional evening with traditional francophone food, music and dancing,” said Pierre Paul Mongeon, general director for La Nuit. “Every year, we have a different theme, and this year, we're going traditional to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday in 2017.”

La Nuit sur l'etang takes place March 25 at Collège Boréal starting at 7 p.m. There will be several orchestras and bands including les Pourquoi Pas, a well-known francophone folklore group. They will re-enact what it was like at parties 150 years ago.

“It's a family show, with brothers and sisters on stage, and they are going to teach others how to dance,” Mongeon said.

After that, Violon a l'oeuvre will take the stage and provide more of a square-dance-style entertainment.

“This is only the first part of the 4.5-hour show, and there's much more in store,” he said. 

There will also be 10 musicians and artists from Ontario who will take modern and popular Franco-Ontarien pop and rock songs and perform them in a more traditional way. Those performers will be announced at a later date.

Ticket prices before Christmas are $35 for adults, $20 for students and teens and $10 for children under 10. Prices go up by $5 after Christmas.

For more information on tickets, phone 705-525-5606, ext. 4 or visit



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